Another NYC cop shot in the head following wave of anti-cop hatemongering

NYPD plainclothes officer Brian Moore was shot in the head twice yesterday. The 25 year-old is in a medically-induced coma, to relieve pressure on his brain, and in the words of a fellow officer, “He’s far from out of the woods.”

The New York Post reports:

The suspected gunman, Demetrius Blackwell, was in custody Saturday night after allegedly firing at Moore as the cop approached in an unmarked police car. (snip)

Demetrius Blackwell

A four-year NYPD veteran from a police family, Moore had been driving by the intersection of 212th Street and 104th Avenue in Queens Village at around 6:15 p.m.

He and his partner, Officer Eric Jensen, spotted Blackwell, whom they knew to have a long police record, said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Blackwell had been fiddling with his waistband, a source said. The officers pulled up behind him, and Blackwell realized they were cops.

Words were exchanged, Bratton told a news conference at Jamaica Hospital.

Then suddenly Blackwell, 35, drew a gun and fired at least three shots, shattering the quiet of the middle-class neighborhood, authorities said.

“He immediately opened fire on them before they had a chance to get out of the vehicle,” Bratton said.

“Demetrius Blackwell was taken into custody 90 minutes ­after the incident,” Bratton said. (snip)

Other officers launched a manhunt for the suspected gunman, finding him at a home nearby with the help of witnesses who saw him flee.

“We saw him jump over the fence across 104th Street and push the gun in his pants,” said one neighbor. “He then ran down the sidewalk and into the driveway of a house three houses down.

“Then I ran over to the police car and told them where he went.”

While there is no information connecting Blackwell’s alleged shooting with the wave of anti-police rhetoric emanating from Baltimore, there is a clear pattern of violence against New York City cops in the wake of the latest round of agitation. The Post notes that until last December it had been four years since an NYPD cop was shot on duty. Since then, four officers have been shot:

…the fatal ambush of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn in December, and the nonfatal shooting of two other officers, Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellerano in The Bronx in January.

I am certain there are police officers who on occasion misbehave, and those who do should be brought to justice. But the constant refrain we hear from those who make a living drumming up hate against the forces of law and order  is poisonous. Where is Al Sharpton on this shooting?

NYPD plainclothes officer Brian Moore was shot in the head twice yesterday. The 25 year-old is in a medically-induced coma, to relieve pressure on his brain, and in the words of a fellow officer, “He’s far from out of the woods.”

The New York Post reports:

The suspected gunman, Demetrius Blackwell, was in custody Saturday night after allegedly firing at Moore as the cop approached in an unmarked police car. (snip)

Demetrius Blackwell

A four-year NYPD veteran from a police family, Moore had been driving by the intersection of 212th Street and 104th Avenue in Queens Village at around 6:15 p.m.

He and his partner, Officer Eric Jensen, spotted Blackwell, whom they knew to have a long police record, said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Blackwell had been fiddling with his waistband, a source said. The officers pulled up behind him, and Blackwell realized they were cops.

Words were exchanged, Bratton told a news conference at Jamaica Hospital.

Then suddenly Blackwell, 35, drew a gun and fired at least three shots, shattering the quiet of the middle-class neighborhood, authorities said.

“He immediately opened fire on them before they had a chance to get out of the vehicle,” Bratton said.

“Demetrius Blackwell was taken into custody 90 minutes ­after the incident,” Bratton said. (snip)

Other officers launched a manhunt for the suspected gunman, finding him at a home nearby with the help of witnesses who saw him flee.

“We saw him jump over the fence across 104th Street and push the gun in his pants,” said one neighbor. “He then ran down the sidewalk and into the driveway of a house three houses down.

“Then I ran over to the police car and told them where he went.”

While there is no information connecting Blackwell’s alleged shooting with the wave of anti-police rhetoric emanating from Baltimore, there is a clear pattern of violence against New York City cops in the wake of the latest round of agitation. The Post notes that until last December it had been four years since an NYPD cop was shot on duty. Since then, four officers have been shot:

…the fatal ambush of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn in December, and the nonfatal shooting of two other officers, Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellerano in The Bronx in January.

I am certain there are police officers who on occasion misbehave, and those who do should be brought to justice. But the constant refrain we hear from those who make a living drumming up hate against the forces of law and order  is poisonous. Where is Al Sharpton on this shooting?